Today’s Editorial July 10: We must preserve old buildings

Kudos to Captain Paul Hurlstone for seeing that his family’s old homestead is going to be preserved.

While the 1937-era wood house will be moved from its site on South Sound, it will find a new home near Pedro St. James Castle.

Captain Paul has generously given the home to a family in need.

He could easily have hired a bulldozer and had the old home, which received some damage in Hurricane Ivan in 2004, knocked down.

Instead, he and two of his buddies spent this week sawing the house in half so it can be transported on a flatbed to the new site.

Preserving the older houses and buildings in the Cayman Islands is so important.

We’ve already lost too many older structures to development across the islands.

Unfortunately the Cayman Islands doesn’t have a law on the books that demands old buildings be preserved.

The Cayman Islands National Trust does much to preserve our country’s historic buildings and sites.

But that organisation can’t do it all. It depends on all of us to do our part to preserve Cayman’s past.

By preserving our historic buildings we are teaching younger generations that our past really does matter.

In a time when the Cayman Islands has been inundated with people from just about all over the world, we need to make sure our heritage and the work of our forefathers is remembered and preserved.

Every time we let one of our older buildings fall to ruin, we are losing a part of our history and our unique identity.

The Cayman Islands is the only place in the world where you can find original Cayman Islands style houses.

When they are gone, there will be no more.

Developers who incorporate the original design of the homes into their work are to be commended.

But it is people like Captain Paul who are making the real difference by protecting and preserving historically significant buildings.

If you see him today, give him a pat on the back and let him know how much you appreciate his actions.

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